Android 6.0.1 adds camera quick launch to Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9

Android 6.0.1 adds camera quick launch to Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9
As you should have already seen, the rollout of Android 6.0.1 has begun and the factory images are available for download. It is no surprise that the update adds new emoji, since that info had been leaked before, but the other small changes and updates are still a bit of a mystery. One new feature for those using a Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9 is a nice camera quick launch option.

It appears that just like with stock Android 6.0 on the new Nexus 5X and 6P, those old devices are getting the quick launch option to double-press the power button to jump straight into the camera at any time. In theory, this will make it faster to get to the camera, no matter what you're doing on your device, especially one-handed. Unfortunately, in practice, the gesture can be a bit finicky. Because it is tied to the power button, we've found on the Nexus 6P that the camera may launch, but then the device will go to sleep, or the device will go to sleep without launching the camera at all. And, if you have extra security on your lockscreen, there can be weirdness there where it asks you to unlock when you should just go straight into the camera.

Those missteps are admittedly not the norm, but Google does still have a few kinks to work out, and the gesture doesn't work quite as well as the Motorola double-twist gesture. Still, a nice update for a bunch of devices!

Related phones

Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.6 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra K1 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 6700 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0 inches 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3950 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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